Shauna Rae, a 22-year-old girl with a uncommon medical situation that makes her appear like an eight-year-old woman, is poised for stardom with a brand new actuality present, premiering on TLC Tuesday.
The present, “I’m Shauna Rae,” reveals Long Islander Rae attempting to do regular grownup issues, like consuming in a bar or attempting to get a tattoo to the bemusement of others. But certainly one of her greatest challenges, she informed The Post, is relationship grownup males.
Rae stated most of her romantic relationships begin out as friendships, the place she feels comfy. But she avoids assembly “creeps” in nightclubs and bars as a result of she questions their motives.
She stated she typically will get approached in bars by guys “who just stare from a long distance and then, after checking me out, they come up to me.”
It’s an enormous turn-off for the previous espresso store employee who offers them the chilly shoulder.
“It’s all about that feeling they give me as a person,” she stated.
Rae, whose chemotherapy remedy for mind most cancers on the age of simply six months led to a dramatic stunt in her progress — she stands at solely three-feet-10 — additionally struggles to cope with admirers who speak right down to her as if she has the mind of a third-grader.
Describing males who suppose that means as “idiots,” she stated: “I view myself as clever and I believe, when folks first see me, they don’t see me as clever. They nonetheless don’t perceive that I’ve that intelligence there.
“I tend to find guys that are just one-dimensional and don’t actually have any depth to the conversation. [A deeper connection] is what I’m looking for. I feel like: ‘if I can teach you something, you can teach me something’ — that’s what I look for in relationships.”
The problem of constructing “trust and respect” is typically dispiriting. “I don’t really try to bother myself with dating because it’s such a long process for me,” she admitted.
Nonetheless, she is optimistic that she’ll meet Mr Right from an preliminary friendship. “That’s the most trustworthy and comfortable way to do it,” she stated.
Rae informed The Post that she is not a fan of relationship apps and prefers to attach with guys by way of extra old school means like “coincidental” encounters or an introduction by mutual buddies.
However, in a single episode of the present, she is inspired to “try other opportunities” and “outlets” and publish an on-line profile on a relationship website. In the trailer, she is proven assembly a person on a blind date, who later reveals he thought he was being “punked” when she first appeared.
She stated she tries to “stay in the positive with my mind now,” but issues weren’t all the time that means.
At age 16, she stated she felt “anger” and “sadness” when her endocrinologist informed her she was “stuck” by way of her progress and growth. “There was grief there,” Rae recalled. “I went through every stage of grief for it,” including that the most important battle was accepting the very fact she wouldn’t get any taller.
She began taking progress hormones on the age of eight but the on/off intervention was stopped for good when she entered puberty. “I reached the finish line, you could say,” Rae stated.
Thankfully, the darkish instances look like behind her. She stated joking about her state of affairs tends to diffuse any awkwardness with strangers who marvel about her look.
“I’ll say things like: ‘Yeah, I jump [over] counters! I can do this and this,’” she continued. “It’s a case of ‘if I can laugh about it, so can you. You don’t have to feel like you’ve offended me because, at the end of the day, you’re being educated.’”
Rae, an aspiring actress who lives together with her mother, stepdad and three sisters in Suffolk County, stated she agreed to be on TV as a result of she wished to “inspire others.”
(*22*) she stated, including that she likes to be recognized as a “short person.”
“If I can do it, they can do it. I’m of their nook.
“At the end of the day, I wouldn’t have it any other way… I am who I am because of my body.”